According to the critics, these movies are really the worst of the worst.
By Alonso Martínez
0 percent doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the worst. The only thing it means on Rotten Tomatoes is that none of the critics who reviewed the movie had anything good to say. It’s one way to assess a movie, but it’s not an exact science. There are things to be appreciated in all of the following movies, but overall, the bad outweighs the good. And even though the people who worked on them deserve our respect and applause, all the things that didn’t work in these movies landed them on this list:
The Ridiculous 6 (2015) - Frank Coraci
This is definitely the lowest point in Adam Sandler’s career. It is considered to be one of the worst movies he’s ever worked on, full of racist and sexist jokes, as well as a sense of humor that makes no sense and depends on jokes about farts and poop to entertain the audience. Its impact can be summed up in this quote by Richard Roeper, a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times: “Thanks for nothing, Netflix.”
Pinocchio (2002) - Roberto Benigni
Directed by, written by, and starring Benigni, who had just won an Oscar for Life Is Beautiful (1997), this movie is a complete failure that some argue should never have been made. The majority of its detractors couldn’t take Roberto Benigni’s portrayal of a child seriously, given that he was obviously an adult. Moreover, the movie’s exorbitant production costs were not justified by what we saw on the screen. In the words of the Orlando Sentinel’s Jay Boyar: "Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone."
Mac and Me (1988) - Stewart Rafill
This is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time, not just because it’s the poor man’s version of E.T., but also because the final product is laughable, boring, unsubstantial, and absurd, even for science fiction. Plagued by pretty awful visual effects and a script that seems like it was written by a child without imagination, the movie was panned from the day it was released, but it has also been embraced by those who love bad movies, the so-bad-they’re-good kind.
Precious Cargo (2016) - Max Adams
"The stupid plot, dismal dialogue, moral turpitude and dispiriting torpor of this movie makes watching it utterly pointless." Bruce Kirkland, a film critic for the Toronto Sun, was not happy about this movie, and his review was one of the harshest it received. It is quite possibly the worst movie in Bruce Willis’s career, but in case you’re interested, he plays himself as a crime boss looking for the woman who betrayed him.
A Thousand Words (2012) - Brian Robbins
The plot of this movie doesn’t sound that bad, actually, but Eddie Murphy and a terrible script turned it into a boring, stupid, and nonsensical movie that reminds us of many other movies we’ve seen in the past, which makes it even worse. The jokes are vulgar and tasteless, and show why Eddie Murphy’s career has fallen so low in the last few years. "Eddie Murphy should have just said the word "No" to this tired, formulaic comedy."
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993) - Tom Ropelewski
This is an example of a good concept that is made over and over again until it gets ruined. In this, the third part of the trilogy, we see the same characters as before, but this time, it’s years later, so the children can speak now, but the “twist” is that now we can understand their pets. Absurd, unnecessary, and uninspired, it managed to put John Travolta’s career on hold and almost ended Kirstie Alley’s.
Gotti (2018) - Kevin Connolly
It’s harder to find really terrible movies made in the last couple of years, but Gotti serves as a reminder not to overestimate Hollywood. In Gotti, it’s not the story that’s bad, it’s the plot that’s disappointing, on top of lazy editing and lack of attention to detail, and a script that looks like a mix of all the gangster movies ever made, and every single cliché you could expect from a movie like this. Travolta wasted an interesting character and gave us a performance that seems like it will never end. The best line from a review comes from the New York Post’s Johnny Oleksinski: "I’d rather wake up next to a severed horse head than ever watch “Gotti” again."
Of course, all the people working behind the camera deserve our respect for the work and passion they put into these projects, but there’s no denying these movies are horrible. But it’s okay; it’s like this with every art form, not everything can be perfect.